Des Moines Symphony cancels rescheduled 2022 “Carmina Burana” featuring four choruses, due to continued COVID-19 risk

Posted on: November 12, 2021

“The Des Moines Symphony definitively canceled the long-planned performance of ‘Carmina Burana’ in early 2022 after organizers originally postponed show dates in March 2020” at the Des Moines Civic Center due to the pandemic, writes Isaac Hamlet in Thursday’s (11/11) Des Moines Register. “The symphony planned to collaborate with the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Des Moines Choral Society, the Drake University/Community Chorus and the Heartland Youth Choir for the production that included nearly 300 performers among the involved organizations. Organizers deemed the production unsafe with COVID-19 as an ongoing concern. ‘Unfortunately, after much consideration by our COVID-19 Response Team due to the continuing pandemic … we do not feel we can guarantee a healthy performing environment for our Orchestra musicians or our four partner choruses,’ said Richard Early, the symphony’s executive director, in the release announcing the event’s cancelation. ‘Rather than delay the concert once again and hope for a better outcome a few months down the road, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the performances entirely.’ … The Des Moines Symphony still plans to perform other upcoming shows, including New Year’s Eve Pops and Bernadette Peters in Concert.”